HOUSE RESOLUTION - CONGRESS




The 115th CONGRESS - THE SECOND RESOLUTION

H. RES 491 Bill to Complete Our efforts to gain recognition 
for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.




THE FIRST RESOLUTION DIDN’T FAIL, CONGRESS DID!
SPECIFICALLY THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

You are welcome to read the story of these people, the LowLand tribes and the Hmong and support us in our quest and a most unusual request for recognition by our House of Representatives to act upon, a simple resolution to recognize that sacrifice.  

The LAO peoples don’t want money, land, promises, new cars or special treatment, they just want a simple verbal proclamation, a “ Thank You” from the United States Congress for the work they did to support the efforts of the US Military and the 50,000 LAO lives that made the ultimate sacrifice alongside the American military.  

They were never acknowledged for their participation.  A total expenditure of five or so minutes by a Congress person for almost twenty years of sacrifice, torture and loss.  The bill was offered last year through Congress, approved in the Senate but the committee on foreign relations let it drag and time expired for the 114th Congress while playing politics was more important.

The bill, Senate Resolution Res. 462 was signed off and approved in the Senate but the Foreign Relations Committee busy telling us how great they were never found the time to propose it before they took their vacation.  It was called the House Version H.R. 210 

A very tough and divisive election was upon them, and because of that the bill never got passed and we have to start all over again with the 115th Congress.  All they needed was a simple vote and mission complete.

All Lao people across the United States, a very diverse group of peoples,  but commonly united in their faith in the US whom they supported during the “Secret War” are simply asking Congress to acknowledge their efforts and sacrifice.

I am familiar with the Viet Nam war era, my brother and I both served in the military. These unique people have had to leave their country, many after detention, for as long as ten to twelve years under the most horrid of conditions.  To stay  in LAO would be life threatening, very dangerous and as refugees they see and have embraced the United States and it’s values as citizens. Many fought for ten years and then detained as refugees in Thailand for an additional ten to twenty years.

They fought, they paid the price, some escaped and have come to the United States assimilating themselves yet retaining their culture and the unique Lao folk way of life.   

It is this incredible overarching peaceful love and respect these people have for their family, friends, living things, their culture and their ancient traditions that impressed me the most, and In a short period of time I have learned a lot about them, and from them, and what I see is good.

Our plans are to go after the 115th Congress working with and in conjunction with Lao groups all over the country.  


 PRESIDENT OBAMAS ADDRESS IN VIENTIANE

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